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Cream Cheese Frosted Pumpkin Bars

These tender, tasty cakelike bars are a welcome treat! A store-bought mix speeds assembly, and the from-scratch cream cheese frosting is heavenly. Best of all, they easily feed a bunch. —Esther Thys, Belle Plaine, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Beat the pumpkin, sugar, eggs and oil in a large bowl. Combine biscuit mix and cinnamon; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins.
  • Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over bars. Store in the refrigerator.

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  • DawnRusalov
    Nov 24, 2014

    This recipe is simply delicious, as promised. I made it for the first time for a party and it didn't let me down. (Those are raisins, not chocolate chips you see in the photo, by the way.) I plan to make it again for a Thanksgiving potluck. The texture is perfect and the flavor just right. And with cream cheese frosting, you can't go wrong!

  • terhardt13
    Oct 19, 2013

    Love this recipe! The photo seems to show that there are chocolate chips in it? The recipe I used from here was perfect the way it read.

  • CountryLovinLady
    Dec 5, 2012

    Didn't have the right size pan so baked them a little longer in my 9 x 13. Very tasty and rich. The frosting complements it nicely. Great quick dessert that gets raves from family and friends. You know it is a hit when you get recipe requests.

  • ColleenaG
    Nov 18, 2012

    I thought the flavor was very good...I wasn't looking for a pumpkin pie bar so the spices for me were perfect as written. Great with coffee or tea.

  • handiquilter
    Nov 8, 2012

    This looked so good in the picture and a disappointment when consumed. The problem is thee is only cinnamon in the ingredients that give it no flavor. I expected more of a pumpkin pie taste. The 1st clue should have alerted me. I then compared it to another TOH recipe that had cloves and nutmeg and saw the problem right away. If you make it be sure to add the additional spices.